18 Brand-New NYC Restaurants To Start Loving Now

Bikini season — glad that's over. Full permission to indulge granted. We scoured the city with a foodist's delight for the newest restaurants to help us forget Summer Fridays and get pumped for fall. With awesome ambience, next-level people-watching, and food to match, our list of NYC's 18 super-chic eateries is pretty much lock, stock, and barrel-guaranteed to tempt your taste buds.
From a just-opened Italian joint that grows its own produce on the roof to a swanky sushi spot in the Trump Soho to the reincarnation of the Beatrice Inn (we die!), these places are already getting name-dropped left, right, and center. Promise — this dining cheat sheet will soften the blow of shorter days. Dinnertime will come earlier, after all.
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Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar
This coastal-Italian restaurant housed in the Mondrian Soho boasts a menu of Italian Riviera-inspired cuisine. Check out the new-style crudo section (raw fish), where you’ll find dishes like fresh tuna with watermelon, jalapeno, and pine nuts. Oh, and they serve a Burrata Pizza. Genius. Don’t miss the zinc-top bar and its selection of 100+ bottles of rare Italian vino.
Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, 9 Crosby Street (between Grand and Howard streets); 212-389-0000.

Beatrice Inn
Boy, it’s good to be Graydon Carter. The editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and restaurateur (think: Waverly Inn, Monkey Bar) is adding the reincarnation of celeb hangout The Beatrice Inn to his ever-expanding portfolio. Mr. Carter is turning the once impossible-to-get-into lounge that was shutdown in 2009 into a…drum roll…chophouse. When we first heard this, our dreams of stumbling into this hotspot and having a late-night make-out sesh with former Beatrice Inn regular Josh Hartnett were crushed forever. But, Carter is a whiz with restos, and we’re excited to try Chef Brian Nasworthy’s (former sous chef at Per Se) classic chophouse dishes like lamb chops, or a wedge salad with smoky Oregon blue cheese. And who knows, maybe a celeb make-out sesh is in store too. Opening Mid-September.
Beatrice Inn, 285 West 12th Street (between West 4th street and 8th avenue); 646-896-1804.

L’Apacio
The masterminds behind some of our fave Italian spots in the city (L'Artusi, dell'anima) are opening their first east side venture. Chef Gabe Thompson’s modern Italian menu will include dishes like Polenta alla Spianatora (neato translation: a soft polenta flatbread topped with pork ragu served family style). In addition to the main and private dining rooms, there will be outside seating and a bar area. Opening Mid-September.
L’Apacio, 13 East 1st Street (at Bowery); 212-533-7400.


Photo: Courtesy of Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar
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11 Madison Park
New York’s #1 restaurant is getting a major revamp after Labor Day. Owner Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm are turning their luxurious four-star restaurant into…an even more luxurious four-star (hopefully) restaurant with a New York twist. They’re doing away with the $125 tasting menu; the only option will be a 12-course $195 Big-Apple-inspired tasting menu (even for lunch) boasting carrot tartare, a clambake, and cheesecake that’s meant to be enjoyed over four hours. In addition to the new menu, the duo is planning to incorporate theatrics and magic into the dining experience with card tricks, blasts of mist, a cheese course that comes through a picnic basket on the table, and more. Uh-ma-zing!
11 Madison Park, 11 Madison Avenue (at 25th Street); 212-889-0905.

The Butterfly
Michael White’s highly-anticipated new restaurant in Tribeca will not be Italian….nor will it be Wisconsin-style. Quick Michael White bio: White is best known for his outstanding Italian cuisine (Osteria Morini, Marea), and folks have been calling his new venture a Wisconsin-style eatery…because Mr. White is from Wisconsin. The Butterfly will be a mid-century-style supper club and cocktail bar with 55 seats and a 21-foot-long bar. The menu will boast traditional American classics like steak, burgers, and fried chicken. Translation: sick bar food. And, about the burger, this isn’t any old burger, this is a Michael White special brisket-blend burger topped with white American cheese, McClure’s pickles, red onion, and yellow mustard. Wash it down with an era-appropriate cocktail (or five) like a Brandy Old Fashioned (Korbel Brandy, House Cherries, Orange Soda). The Butterfly was set to open at the end of September, but we just got word that the opening has been delayed to November or December.
The Butterfly, 225 West Broadway (at White street); phone TBA.


Photo: Courtesy of Francesco Tonelli
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Murray’s Cheese Bar
The cheese gods have answered our prayers. The team behind gourmet cheese shop Murray’s Cheese opened this casual restaurant next door to their Greenwich Village shop. The menu of stinky stuff includes: grilled cheese, mac ‘n’ cheese (made with Tickler cheddar, cave-aged gruyere, and mozzarella), fondue, cheese spreads (pimento is our fave), cheese boards, cheesy desserts, and more, all made with Murray’s artisanal cheeses. And no fromage bar would be complete without a selection of wine and beer.
Murray’s Cheese Bar, 264 Bleecker Street (between Cornelia and Morton streets); 646-476-8882.

Lavender Lake
If you’re hoping to squeak a few more weeks out of summer, head to this super-chill two-month-old Brooklyn gastropub. Their beachy back patio, outfitted with wood picnic tables and umbrellas, is the perfect spot to pick-up some weekend rays while indulging in buckets of beer, yummy cocktails, and New American dishes like lemon-brined chicken breast with grilled vegetables and pan jus.
Lavender Lake, 383 Carroll Street (at Bond street); 347-799-2154.


Photo: Courtesy of Murray’s Cheese Bar
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Koi Soho
The new two-story Koi Soho in the Trump Soho hotel evokes a sense of Zen with its rainforest-esque design. Picture: warm walnuts woods, hand-chiseled black stones, and plants illuminated by flickering candles. On the menu, you’ll find savory cooked dishes, traditional sushi and sashimi, as well as creative rolls and decadent desserts. New additions exclusive to the Soho location will include: Pan-seared Scallops on a crab cake, and Grilled Salmon with honey balsamic glaze. They’ll have over 20 sakes to choose from, too. Opens September 14!
Koi Soho, 246 Spring Street (between Varick street and 6th avenue); 212-842-4550.

Pig & Khao
The crew behind Fatty Crab has teamed up with Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen to bring you this casual Southeast-Asian eatery. There’s a lush 20-seat back garden with picnic-style tables that will be open year round for al fresco fanatics. Cohen will turn to Thailand and the Philippines for flavors to spunk up her shared-plates menu, which will include dishes like crispy pata with mango salad (pork shank cooked in five spices). In addition to beer, wine, and a variety of soju (a vodka-like alcohol made from rice), there will be wine cocktails like a Phuket punch made from prosecco, grapefruit-cinnamon syrup, and mint. Opens 9/18!
Pig & Khao, 68 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Stanton streets); no phone yet.


Photo: Courtesy of Koi
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Bill’s
John DeLucie (Crown, The Lion) has taken over the iconic NYC bar/restaurant Bill’s Gay Nineties, which closed earlier this year. He plans to restore this classic American grill with a raw bar to its glory days. We hope so! Our favorite thing about the old Bill’s was the piano singer in the downstairs bar. He would play ANYTHING you requested! Opening Mid-September.
Bill’s, 57 East 54th Street (between Park and Madison avenues); phone TBA.

Exchange Alley
Any restaurant where the chef equates his cuisine to music is a place we want to try. At this super-chic new neighborhood resto and bar (with some New Orleans flair), chef, co-owner and musician Paul Gerard refers to his chow as “three-cord” cuisine: simple, locally sourced, and rockin’. New Orleans-inspired dishes like Jambalaya Balls with gravy or Spiced Halibut with artichokes and herbed yogurt are seasoned with fresh herbs and vegetables that are grown in the backyard garden. You can also sidle up to the front bar with leather barstools and knock back a funky cocktail like a BBBQ (beer, lime, BBQ bitters, smoked salt).
Exchange Alley, 424 East 9th Street (between 1st avenue and avenue A); 212-228-8525.


Photo: Courtesy of Bill's
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Rosemary’s
This new 74-seat farmhouse-style trattoria adorned with dangling plants and twinkling lights serves some of the freshest Italian fare in the city. Probably because chef Wade Moises (Babbo, Eataly) sources most of the produce from the restaurant’s rooftop garden for his Tuscan-inspired menu. Rosemary’s is buzzing on a nightly basis and for good reason: freshly-made pastas like Orecchiette with braised greens and homemade sausage; fluffy focaccia stuffed with strachino cheese; and perfectly-cooked Skirt Steak with crispy potatoes and balsamic steak sauce. There’s also a stellar Italian wine list that offers 40 bottles for $40. PS, there take-out counter opens in September.
Rosemary’s, 18 Greenwich Avenue (at 10th street); 212-647-1818.

Extra Place/Heidi
Two restaurants in one space? Yes. Amadeus B.’s month-old eateries are tucked away in an alley on the edge of Noho. While Extra Place is a 50-seat Mediterranean resto dishing out hummus and Octopus La Plancha, its next-door neighbor, Heidi, is a 20-seat chalet-style Swiss joint serving fondue and other Swiss-ified plates. Executive Chef Michael Han overseas both kitchens, and uses locally sourced ingredients.
Extra Place, 8 Extra Place (between 1st and 2nd streets); 212-777-4252.
Heidi, 6 Extra Place (between 1st and 2nd streets); 212-777-4262.


Photo: Courtesy of Rosemary's
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Station
A block from the L train in Billyburg is an airy old-world European train station café with antique mirrors, brick walls, and cast-iron storefront gates. Go now. The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxing, and Chef Rue (an 11 Madison Park alum, no biggie) prepares Bohemian-French dishes such as Mussels in an African-chili- and-garlic broth. There are Vegan eats too like a delicious Roasted Beats and Plums entrée that’s topped with pistachios and homemade yogurt.
Station, 166 North 7th Street (at Bedford avenue); 718-599-1596.

American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson
Chef-of-the-moment Marcus Samuelsson (of Harlem hotspot Red Rooster) is opening a casual 75-seat eatery in Alice Tully Hall. So, before (or after) catching some classical tunes at this cultural hub, stop in for some regional American bites. The man behind the ‘tails at Samuelsson’s Ginny’s Supper Club, Eben Klemm, will work his Mixologist magic at this new spot. Opens late September.
American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson, 1941 Broadway (between 65th and 66th streets); phone TBA.


Photo: Courtesy of Station
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The Penrose
In the heart of the Upper East Side is a trendy new watering hole (shocker, we know!) serving 10021’ers bar grub and delicious libations, courtesy of the Wilfie & Nell crew. Start with an Irish-imported Guinness Extra Stout then move onto lesser-known Irish whiskeys like Knappogue Castle. Do not leave without ordering their beer-battered McClure’s fried pickles with smoky sauce.
The Penrose, 1590 2nd Avenue (between 82nd & 83rd streets); 212-203-2751.

Ducks Eatery
Chef Will Horowitz punches up plates of eclectic, smoky barbeque with Asian ingredients at this new East Village eatery. You’ll want to try the smoked brisket with apricot and fish sauce, the crispy pig ears wrapped in lettuce, and the spicy beef jerky jazzed up with squid sauce. Tipples include barrel-aged brews, smoky liquors like mezcal, and wacky cocktails like aCoco 'ti Punch (rum, kaffir lime, Thai chili pepper, and coconut), which is aerated and sprayed into a glass like whipped cream. We don’t even get what this is, but it sounds delish! A full dinner menu is available as of September 1.
Ducks Eatery, 351 East 12th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues); 212-432-3825.


Photo: Courtesy of The Penrose
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